For the past few days, I have been reading so many of follow-ups to
the inquiry of what kind of graver to buy or use. Not even mentioning
which to style buy or the many kinds/shapes to purchase. I have yet
to read that non of these store-bought gravers are READY TO USE.
Am I right to assume that these gravers are shaped to the
setters/jewellers desire at being bench-ready? My answer is a
Have I also not read about anything of the wooden handles not being
supplied at the request of the bench-worker as well? Also nothing
here is mentioned on that point.
Let me all let you in on a little secret. I spent almost a much time
during my training in figuring out the details in graver shaping.
This is without the errors in burning or softening of the precious
steel of that graver BEFORE it is to be initially used.
The wooden handle must be delicately inserted into the handle at the
PRECISE depth to the users own hand. For anyone reading this, please
be aware the whole scenario in graver shaping and insertion takes
about 1-2 years to fulfill the desired shape and subsequent
modification for future setting usesge.
Many of my 2 dozen gravers are modified at the point of being
needed. To harbour the need of multi-graver shapes and designs is to
promote sheer madness, or insanity…:>)
I find I personally need ony three styles, Onglette #1, Onglette #2,
and finally a Flat graver of a # 40 thickness…nothing else is
warranted. I can show anyone, if wanted, some very fine diamond
setting in using these three basic graver shapes. “It’s not the
number of gravers, it’s what you can do with these three basic
shapes”. * *If anyone wishes to enquire of these "ready-to-use"
gravers, I can and will prepare a selection of gravers and setting
notes for the buying “Orchid” group…Gerry!